Pastor Shane Ham and Pastor Steve Williams : The Weekend that Changed the World

The Weekend that Changed the World · 44:32 · Recorded April 16, 2017

The Weekend That Changed The World

Mark 15:24-25, 29-39 (NLT) Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross… It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. …The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Ha! Look at you now!” they yelled at him… “Save yourself and come down from the cross!” The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!” Even the men who were crucified with Jesus ridiculed him. At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!”

Matthew 28:1-10 (NLT) Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it… Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen…” The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

The significance of those days:

1. A DEBT was paid in full.

Psalm 49:6-8 (HCSB) They trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches. Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God. Since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying.

Colossians 2:14 (HCSB) He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross.

John 19:28, 30 (NIV) Later, knowing that all was now completed… Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

2. A WAR was won for good!

Colossians 2:15 (NLT) In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Galatians 3:13 (ESV) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV) He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

3. A WAY has been opened for all.

2 Corinthians 6:16 (NLT) For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Hebrews 10:19-20, 22 (ESV) Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

4. An IMPACT was made forever!

John 12:32-33 (HCSB) “If I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to myself.” He said this to signify what kind of death he was about to die.

Psalm 22:27 (NIV) All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him.

Study & Discussion Questions
  • What’s your earliest memory of celebrating Easter? When did the real meaning and significance of the day “dawn” on you?
  • Put yourself in the shoes of those watching Jesus’ death on the cross – what would your emotions be? What would the Saturday of that weekend have been like for you? Imagine being one of the disciples and hearing the message of the women that they’d seen Jesus that Sunday morning – how would you have likely reacted?
  • Read Matthew 28:16-20. How could some doubt what their eyes were seeing? What does this tell you about the nature of doubts and unbelief? Read Acts 1:3. Why was this important for Jesus? When you read Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:18-20, what do you find helpful or encouraging?
  • Look again at the four ideas this message declares. What practical difference does each one of these make for you if they’re true?
  • Read John 20:24-29 and 1 Peter 1:8-9. What connections do you see between these passages, both witnessed by Peter? What is Jesus saying to you about the truth of Easter?
  • Parents, today your children learned that Easter is a time of great celebration because Jesus came to be our Savior. Easter is any-thing but just another Sunday. It is the day we celebrate the completion of God’s plan to make a way for us to have a relationship with him. We talked with elementary children that beginning a relationship with God is as easy as A, B, C. A – Admit that you have sinned and done wrong things. B – Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and died for you. C – Call on Jesus to forgive you of your sins and be your friend forever. Check out your child’s handout or parent cue for additional ways you can help your child understand more about why Jesus came to be our Savior.